For the past three weeks I have been trying out Inclined Bed Therapy (IT), it started out as an experiment because I do not like to recommend anything to Ella that I do not understand or experience. IT does not cost anything, is unlikely to hurt you and may well help MS symptom, arthritis, oedema and a host of other personal conditions.
All I can vouch for is that my blood pressure has come down quite dramatically in the past week, from 145/90 with medication, to 120/65 with medication. If it continues dropping in the near future I am going to have to go and see my doctor to consult about either coming off it or finding something less potent.
Andrew Fletcher who came up with this therapy says that according tohis pilot study benefits are most likely to start showing up after a month of elevation and continue to manifest for as long as you continue to use it. If you get benefits from this then you will have to continue using the technique or you will revert back to your previous condition.
In practice I hardly noticed the change, especially when laying down. I don't get up as often at night, it seems to be having an beneficial effect on my back bone and hip joints and even (I think) of my peripheral neuropathy, but it is too soon to tell about that really.
Ella being rather stubborn has not taken up the suggestion (although I did incline her bed when she came home for Christmas) so I cannot say what effect it has had on her for the MS symptoms, but I have heard of others who have reported lessening of spasms, less fatigue and more energy. It does not happen overnight, although less visits to the loo often happens quite quickly, and in the beginning you may experience some neck stiffness and other strange symptoms but these seem to disappear within a week. They did for me...